Boston College bowl chances alive after 30-0 win over UConn
BOSTON (AP) — Boston College’s postseason hopes will live on for another week.
Patrick Towles passed for 183 yards and a touchdown in his final home game, Davon Jones added a rushing score and Boston College defeated UConn 30-0 on Saturday.
Eagles senior linebacker Matt Milano added a 19-yard interception return for a touchdown in the fourth quarter.
Boston College (5-6) can become bowl-eligible with a victory in its regular-season finale at Wake Forest next week.
“It felt great to be in the locker room with them after they won this game,” Eagles coach Steve Addazio said. “I’m looking forward to having an opportunity to win one more and get six.”
Neither team entered Saturday having produced much on offense in recent weeks.
The Huskies (3-8) started freshman Donovan Williams at quarterback for the second straight game in an attempt to jumpstart an offense that entered the day averaging an FBS-worst 16.5 points per game. But UConn managed just 121 yards of offense, with Williams throwing three interceptions.
“A disappointing loss,” UConn coach Bob Diaco said. “Hard to win. When you don’t have production on one side of the ball it becomes impossible. It’ll be fixed. I know what the issues are and they’re going to be fixed — and that’s why we’re disappointed.”
The Eagles, whose offense came in averaging an FBS-worst 295.5 yards per game, had better luck.
Towles had struggled throwing the ball this season, but found a groove in the third quarter completing 5 of 6 passes in the Eagles’ first drive out of halftime. The series ended with his 10-yard touchdown pass to Michael Walker that put BC in front 17-0.
“We talked all week — we’ve got two games to make this season special. Check one, right?” Towles said. “We’ve got a one-game season left.”
UCONN: The Huskies have tried to shake things up offensively in their past two games, but they haven’t moved the needle much. It was a particularly rough day for Williams, but all the experience is good for the young quarterback going forward.
BOSTON COLLEGE: The strides the Eagles made offensively come at the right time. They will need it in their finale next week if they’re going to earn their third bowl berth under coach Steve Addazio.
BC’s defense forced a season-high four turnovers (three INTs, fumble recovery). It was the most since the Eagles had five against Notre Dame on Nov. 21, 2015.
The Eagles earned their 10th straight victory in their series with the Huskies. BC has outscored the Huskies in those games 297-59.
The victory was Boston College’s first shutout win since a 76-0 win over Howard on Sept. 12, 2015. It was the first November shutout for the Eagles since a 17-0 win over Notre Dame on Nov. 8, 2008.
BC retired the jersey of former quarterback Matt Ryan at halftime Saturday.
Ryan passed for 56 TDs and more than 9,000 yards at BC, and capped off his career by being selected third overall by the Atlanta Falcons in the 2008 NFL draft. He remains the school’s highest draft pick in any sport. Among those in attendance for the ceremony was former BC coach Tom O’Brien.
“I’m really honored to have my jersey hanging up there, and very proud,” Ryan told the crowd after his jersey was unveiled. It joined the previously retired jerseys of Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback Doug Flutie, Outland Trophy winner Mike Ruth, and nine other former Eagles.
Ryan was visible throughout the day. It included him leading the team in the pregame “Eagle Walk” through campus and into Alumni Stadium, a game-day tradition started when coach Steve Addazio arrived in 2013.
UCONN: Returns home to host Tulane in its season finale.
BOSTON COLLEGE: Hits the road for its conference and regular-season finale at Wake Forest.
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